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  5. Fits 2 Inch Hitch
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Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System with Shank, 600 lbs. TW, 6,000 lbs. GTW

Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System with Shank, 600 lbs. TW, 6,000 lbs. GTW

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Lindsey S says:

Yes, if you:

  • Have a trailer with 400 lbs – 600 lbs of tongue weight
  • Don't typically have a problem with trailer sway

No, if you:

  • Want sway control out of the box
  • Have a taller tow vehicle and need a decent drop
This weight-distribution system will help to evenly distribute the load over the axles of both your tow vehicle and trailer for a smooth, controlled ride. Shank included. Hitch ball sold separately. Lowest Prices for the best weight distribution hitch from Curt. Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System with Shank, 600 lbs. TW, 6,000 lbs. GTW part number 17300 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Curt Weight Distribution Hitch - 17300

  • 500 lbs
  • WD Only
  • Curt
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Includes Shank
  • Electric Brake Compatible
  • Surge Brake Compatible

This weight-distribution system will help to evenly distribute the load over the axles of both your tow vehicle and trailer for a smooth, controlled ride. Shank included. Hitch ball sold separately.


Features:

  • Evenly distributes weight over axles of tow vehicle and trailer for stability and control
    • Creates a more level ride for both tow vehicle and trailer
  • Trunnion spring bars are constructed of solid, forged steel for strength and durability
  • Adjustable spring-bar tension - just switch links in lift chains to fine-tune
  • Desired tilt is achieved with traditional washer design
    • Add or remove washers from spacer rivet to tilt head up or down
  • Powder coated steel resists corrosion
  • Snap-up lever eases installation by reducing lifting required by trailer jack
  • System includes head assembly, adjustable shank, spring bars, lift brackets and chains, snap-up handle, pin and clip, and all necessary hardware
    • Hitch ball sold separately - requires 1-1/4" diameter shank


Specs:

  • Maximum tongue weight: 600 lbs
  • Maximum gross towing weight: 6,000 lbs
  • Application: 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers rated for use with weight-distribution systems
  • Shank length: 12"
  • Maximum drop: 1/2"
  • Maximum rise: 7-1/2"
  • Length of spring bars: 30-5/8"
  • 1-Year warranty


Included w/ 17300Required - Sold SeparatelyOptional Add-Ons
  • Adjustable Shank
  • System Head
  • Lift Brackets
  • Spring Bars
  • Hitch Ball w/ 1-1/4" Diameter Shank
  • Bar-Style Friction Sway Control

Weight Distributing Hitch

Create a stable ride for your tow vehicle and trailer with a weight-distribution hitch. Adding spring bars to your towing system applies leverage, which transfers the load that is pushing down on the rear of your vehicle to all the axles on both your tow vehicle and your trailer, resulting in an even distribution of weight throughout. The result is a smooth, level ride, as well as the ability to tow the maximum capacity of your hitch.


Selecting a Weight-Distribution System

The tongue weight rating is the most important factor in determining which size weight-distribution system you should use. If the bars of the system you choose are rated too high for your setup, they will create a rigid ride, which can result in a bouncing trailer. If, on the other hand, the bars are not rated high enough, the system will be unable to properly distribute the weight, rendering it virtually useless.


To determine the proper weight rating for a weight-distribution system, you must first determine your trailer's tongue weight. Then add to that the weight of the cargo behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle. These two measurements make up the tongue weight rating for a weight-distribution system.



17300 Curt Weight Distribution Hitch - Trunnion Bar

Installation Details 17300 Installation instructions




Customer Reviews

Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System with Shank, 600 lbs. TW, 6,000 lbs. GTW - 17300

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (15 Customer Reviews)

This weight-distribution system will help to evenly distribute the load over the axles of both your tow vehicle and trailer for a smooth, controlled ride. Shank included. Hitch ball sold separately.

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Perfect! Great product.... 357300



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Highly successful in keeping the trailer straight when towing. 513649



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Excellent product used many times or our trailer so far. Grease it a little connect & go! 489754



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Awesome WD hitch and fits my needs perfectly. I use it to Tow a travel trailer that weighs about 4,200 lbs. and does a good job. When using a WD hitch with this type of bars, UNHOOK the bars before backing in to your campsite to keep from damaging the hitch head. 485305


Comments
Still working well. I did damage one hitch head in the first year, but know now to disconnect the bars before backing up. A $73 mistake, but still happy.
Weldon - 03/16/2019

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If you're backing up in a situation where there's no danger of jackknifing, it's not necessary to remove the spring bars. However as you've learned, it doesn't hurt either.

-- Mike L - 3/16/2019


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Using this weight distributing hitch balanced out my setup. It is now very pleasurable to tow my 16 foot travel trailer, 874975



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This is the way a business should be run. The order was picked, shipped and delivered in record time. Great communication and great videos and oh yea, great prices. Really a nice looking product, this is my second on from here and as before very happy with the product and the company. etrailer will be my first choice for all of they're products... 850383



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Great product. 592465



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looks great 444120



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For my lightweight trailer and Ranger pickup, this hitch is as good as it gets for a low cost and optimum performance. And the folks at etrailer make it simple to choose the correct model and the best price. 435856



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Ordered over weekend and weight distribution hitch arrived today. Package in great shape now just need weather to brake in MI so I can install on our trailer. Great price and co isn't. 330171


Comments
Product has worked great, it was very straight forward to set up myself. Feel much more secure driving down the road with the weight distribution hitch.
Neal S - 01/05/2018

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This product really helped with distributing the weight of the camper to all 4 wheels of my tow vehicle. Makes all the difference when towing. love it. 287603


Comments
still works great.
Sal M - 08/25/2017

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Unbelievable difference in towing - I tow a 21 Foot cuddy w/ a jeep cherokee - 1 trip over a thousand miles - would not even think of it w/ out the stabilizers. awesome product, 246695



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I really like the way it works. It took a little work to find room on the trailer frame but after moving the battery bracket it fit just fine. It might be a little overkill for my full size tent trailer, (Coleman Grandview SP) with two kings and a side slide out. But with a SUV tow vehicle the extra weight on the front axle was worth it. Thanks, Kevin 241306



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Arrived quickly, went together easily, especially considering this was my first time doing such a task. Got a few hundred miles on the rig at this point, all is well, would purchase again. 200748



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Exellent product and Etrailer.com is it pure joy to do business with. 99823


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Ask the Experts about this Curt Weight Distribution Hitch

  • Does the Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System Need Greased
    I took a look at the installation instructions for the Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System like part # 17300 and the only parts that require lubrication are the u-bolts on the spring bars and clevis pins in the hitch head. The other friction points should not be lubricated.
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  • How to Determine Trailer Tongue Weight
    There are a few ways that you can determine the trailer tongue weight once it is loaded and ready to tow. The best way would be to use a tongue weight scale, # 5780, for the most accurate reading. Tongue weight is typically 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight, but not always. So if an estimate will not do using a scale or one of the methods in the link I have included would be the way to go. Determining tongue weight is a little different when choosing weight distribution...
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  • Can You Reverse With The Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System Part # 17300
    Generally speaking, it is recommend that you remove the spring bars from a weight distribution system such as the Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System part # 17300 while in reverse. This is due to the fact the the spring bars will not have enough room to pivot in the head while turning in reverse. However, this will only occur while reversing with the trailer at an angle. As long as you remain in a straight line, you will not need to remove the spring bars in order to reverse...
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  • Weight Distribution Recommendation for a Honda Ridgeline Towing Trailer with 340 lbs Tongue Weight
    You most likely have the Curt hitch part # 13385 installed on your Honda Ridgeline which has a tongue weight capacity of up to 600 lbs when used with a weight distribution system. The Curt Trunnion Kit part # 17300 would be a great choice as it has a tongue weight capacity of up to 600 lbs. Which when you factor in that loaded tongue weight also considers the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle as tongue weight you would most likely need the additional capacity....
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  • Weight Distribution System to Tow a 2017 Coachman Clipper with a 2015 Toyota Tacoma
    The Curt Weight Distribution System # 17300 is rated for 600 pounds of tongue weight. Your loaded trailer is likely in the range between 400 and 450 pounds tongue weight. You'll also want to add any weight stored behind the rear axle of your 2015 Toyota Tacoma. As long as the gear behind your truck's rear axle and your trailer's loaded tongue weight isn't higher than 600 pounds the Curt system will work for your setup. You also need a hitch ball with the Curt. For a 2 inch ball...
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  • Weight Distribution System for 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser Pulling 25-foot Travel Trailer
    In order to use a weight distribution system on your FJ Cruiser its hitch will have to specifically be rated for use with such systems. This will be indicated on its safety/warning sticker. All three of the hitches we offer for your FJ can be seen on the link provided and all are rated for use with weight distribution which gives them a maximum gross trailer weight (GTW) capacity of 6000-lbs. I was able to verify the 5000-lb maximum tow rating for your FJ Cruiser. This 5000-lb vehicle...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System For 2014 GMC 1500 With Lightweight Trailer
    Your factory hitch actually maxes out your towing capacity on your 2014 GMC 1500. These trucks always have the ability to use weight distribution, so you won't have any issue using a system on your light weight trailer to help with sway control and give it a smooth ride without porpoising. I don't believe the Curt Weight Distribution System with Shank - Trunnion Bar - 6,000 lbs GTW, 600 lbs TW # 17300 is the best system for your application. You want to account for total loaded tongue...
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  • Could a Weight Distribution System be Used with 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe
    With a hitch installed like the Curt part # C13153 you'd have the ability to use a weight distribution system like you are interested in but you need to determine the weight of your trailer when loaded and make sure it's also under the towing capacity of your vehicle to be certain. The overall towing capacity of a vehicle is the lowest rated component in the setup. The Curt hitch I mentioned would easily be able to tow a 5,000 lb trailer if needed but you need to make sure you are under...
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  • Weight Distribution Recommendation for a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria and 4k Travel Trailer
    First, you are going to want to make sure that the hitch is rated for use with weight distribution. Not all hitches are. There should be a sticker on the hitch that will indicate its capacity when using weight distribution. You have to do the same for the vehicle by consulting the owners manual. If you need a hitch that is rated for weight distribution you can use # 13707. I have included a link to a video showing a typical installation and a link to the instructions. For weight distribution...
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  • Do Trailer Weight Distribution System Chains have to be Straight Up and Down
    The chains on a chain hanging weight distribution system such as # 17300 really do need to be straight up and down or the system will be ineffective. What I recommend is a system that bolts to the sides of the frame so that it will not interfere with anything mounted on top of the frame. If you want to stay with the Curt system # 17300 then another option is to add brackets # C17005 which bolt to the sides of the frame. Ball 19286 also fits this system. Going with the Curt system and...
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  • Compatibility of Curt Weight Distribution System with 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe
    If you don't yet have a trailer hitch on your 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe, then I recommend you start with the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13153. This custom fit hitch has a 2 inch receiver compatible with your weight distribution system. The Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System with Shank # 17300 you mentioned is able to handle any total tongue weights up to 600 lbs. That total tongue weight as you stated includes your loaded trailer tongue weight as well as any cargo behind...
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  • Curt Weight Distribution System Compared to Husky Center Line System for Towing Camper
    Between the Curt and the Husky Center Line systems I 'd recommend the Husky Center Line. The Curt systems aren't terrible but they had a few issues with the the chain hangers and a few other manufacturing issues initially whereas the Husky systems are gaining quite a bit of popularity as people are reporting how well they work and have a price that's tough to beat. There isn't a similar system in this price range that comes close to how well the Husky Center Line systems work so I'd recommend...
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  • Weight Distribution Shank for Curt System C17120 with Two Addition Holes for More Drop
    For a weight distribution shank for our Curt system part # 17300 that has two more holes than the one that's included you would want the part # 17120 and you'd be set!
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  • Weight Distribution System Recommendation for Trailer with Tongue Weight 320 lbs Unloaded
    If your tongue weight is 320 lbs unloaded you'd easily see up to around 500 lbs loaded so the better option for a Curt weight distribution system is the part # 17300 that you mentioned which has the higher 600 lb rating.
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  • Does the Right Rise or Drop Matter when Choosing a Weight Distribution System
    Selecting the right rise or drop for a weight distribution hitch is going to be the same as it is for a ball mount. You will need the proper amount of rise or drop that allows you to tow the trailer level. If the trailer is not level the weight distribution system will not work like it should because the tongue weight will either be too low or too high. If the 1/2 inch drop in the Curt system # 17300 is not enough to tow the trailer level then there are alternate shanks you can get separately,...
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  • How to Determine which Weight Distribution System to Use
    In reference to backing up, it is only certain types of sway control systems that limit reversing. It is not all inclusive for weight distribution systems. On the affected systems that use friction sway control it only takes a few seconds to disengage the system to be able to back up at sharper angles. To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready...
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  • Weight Distribution for a 2001 Toyota 4Runner and 3500 Pound Travel Trailer
    Weight distribution maximizes the amount of tongue weight and gross trailer weight that a hitch can carry if that hitch is rated for use with weight distribution. Also, some vehicles will list separate capacities for weight carrying and for weight distribution in the owners manual. The first thing you will want to check is the vehicle owners manual to determine what the capacity is. Then check the hitch for a sticker to see if it lists separate capacities with and without weight distribution. Whatever...
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  • Will the Length of Shank of the CURT Weight Distribution System Affect Towing Capacities
    Yes, you will be okay using the shank from the CURT Trunnion Weight Distribution System # 17300 that will extend the ball out further than what you are used to. As long as you stay under the towing capacities of your tow vehicle, the hitch and this weight distribution system you will be fine. I attached an FAQ article on weight distribution systems for you to check out also.
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  • Curt Weight Distribution Recommendation for 2007 Nissan Xterra Trailer with 500 lbs Tongue Weight
    The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. I attached a help article on determining tongue weight for you to check out as well. You will want the loaded tongue weight of your setup to fall right in the middle of the tongue weight range of the system you use. Let's say you have a tongue weight...
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  • What Size Trailer Frame Does Curt Weight Distribution System Fit
    You'll have to measure your frame. The brackets of the Curt weight distribution system # 17300 are perfect for a 2-1/2 inch wide frame but will fit on anything up to 2-3/4 inches wide. You need a hitch ball with this system. Part # 19286 is a 2-5/16 inch ball that fits. You may also want to add sway control using part # 17200. You might consider an upgraded system altogether, especially if the Curt doesn't fit your trailer's frame. A Husky system, like part # HT32215, fits larger...
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  • Can Weight Distribution Systems be Used on Trailers with Surge Couplers
    Weight distribution does not transfer weight to the trailer tongue though it does put more stress on the frame. What it does do is distribute the weight more evenly to all axles of the tow vehicle and trailer. Think about it as 2 blocks, one is the tow vehicle, the other is the trailer. And in between them is a spring that is pushing towards and up on both ends towards the blocks. The tongue weight is this scenario would be hanging for the spring. So the tongue weight does not necessarily...
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  • Will the Trailer Hitch for a 2020 Honda Pilot Fit Other Vehicles
    For a 2020 Honda Pilot, I highly recommend the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 75225 because of the hidden design and integrated trailer connector mounting bracket. I have attached an install video on this for you as well. That said, most trailer hitch receivers are designed for specific year, make, and model applications so limited modifications are needed. Therefore, these trailer hitches generally only fit that exact make and model for a limited model year range. If...
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  • Recommended WD System and Brake Controller for 2010 Dodge Nitro to Tow Horse Trailer
    For a weight distribution system to tow your horse trailer you will want a system that has a tongue weight capacity range that encompasses the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow plus the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the vehicle. A trailer's tongue weight rating is usually between 10 and 15 percent of the trailer weight; if the tongue weight of the trailer when ready to tow is between 350 and 525 pounds and you are not carrying any additional cargo...
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  • How To Stop Trailer Proposing with 1970 Aristocrat Land Commander
    It sounds like you might actually be experiencing what is known as proposing instead of chucking which is more or less specific to fifth wheel trailers. If that's the case then this can be caused by a number of things such as weak or worn out suspension or improper loading of the trailer. I don't have any options to help stiffen the suspension on the vehicle so instead a weight distribution system, the Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System part # 17300 with 2" Hitch Ball part #...
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  • Can a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee Tow a FR R-Pod 180 and Recommended WDH
    The towing capacity of a vehicle can vary depending on options such as whether or not it would have come with the factory towing capacity. The towing packing however usually includes more than just a trailer hitch and wiring so even if you add these components you still won't necessarily be rated to tow the amount a model equipped with the factory tow package does. With that in mind, the majority of these rules come down to warranty and what will be covered if things go wrong. I cannot...
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  • Weight Distribution for a 1993 Chevy S-10 Blazer and 3,500 Pound Travel Trailer
    To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. Like you said the 800 to 1,200 pound system you have is rated much too high for a tongue weight of 278 pounds. I recommend a system that maxes out at 600 pounds, # 17300, so that it will be effective and...
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  • Curt Weight Distribution for a 2007 Honda Pilot and Forest River Shamrock Trailer
    You can use a weight distribution hitch with your 2007 Honda Pilot provided that the hitch is rated for use with weight distribution (should be a sticker on the hitch with this information) and that the weight distribution system is set up properly to avoid reducing handling, stability, and braking performance. To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded...
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  • How Can I Tell the Brand of My Weight Distribution Hitch Head
    Usually there is a sticker under the ball platform part of a weight distribution head with information on it but on yours I do not see that. It looks like a Curt head though an older one, similar to what is on # 17300. Although there have been some Equal-I-Zer brand systems that look almost identical.
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  • Will a Curt Weight Distribution System Fit a Reese Pole Tongue Adapter
    Yes, you can use Curt weight distribution system # 17300 (or another Curt system) with pole tongue adapter # RP3280. The pole tongue adapter actually accepts lift brackets from most manufacturers.
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  • Recommendation for a Lighter Weight Distribution System for Trailer with 350 Pounds Tongue Weight
    Reese weight distribution shank # RP54998 and the one that comes with Curt weight distribution system, # 17300, weigh about the same which is 20 pounds so you would not benefit from switching shanks. The various weight distribution heads also weigh about 20 pounds (not counting the ball) so really you are looking at a combined weight of around 40 pounds no matter which system you go with. The Reese trunnion bar head, round on system # RP66020 is the lightest set up since the head is...
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